Meal delivery services have become quite a popular thing these days. There are multiple companies that provide you with the ingredients to cook meals at home without the fuss of going to the grocery store. The problem is you still have to take the time to prepare and cook your meals. That’s where Supper Meals comes in. Supper Meals is a new meal delivery service in Raleigh that delivers gourmet meals right to your door. Supper Meals owners Roxanne and Dan are a young couple who love food. However, even those of us who love food can easily get sick of the ongoing routine of shopping, cooking, and cleaning. Roxanne and Dan realized just how much time they were spending on these things every week and decided to do something about it. They decided to partner with local chefs to create healthy, fresh, scratch-made meals that could be delivered right to their customers’ doorsteps. After starting the company in Pinehurst, NC, Roxanne and Dan made the move to Raleigh to bring their unique business to the Triangle.
Now that Supper Meals delivers in Raleigh, they are partnering with four different chefs in the area. Weekly menus are created and prepared by Catering Works, Root Cellar, Chef Mario, and Chef Michael Sanders. Not only are these meals incredibly tasty, they are also created based on Roxanne and Dan’s nutrition standards. So you can both look forward to a delicious meal and be sure your meal is made with fresh ingredients, healthy fats, and lots of colorful veggies. You can also choose from family sized portions, Paleo meals, and Homestyle Favorites.
Healthy, delicious, and convenient: this all sounds too good to be true right? Well, luckily I got the opportunity to try out six different meals from Supper Meals and I’ve got the scoop. The day of my meal delivery I received an email from Supper Meals reminding me that my meals would be delivered between 4-6pm. It also included any reheating instructions, as well as a link to the nutritional information for each meal. If you will not be home during the delivery time you can also leave a cooler outside your home for the driver to deliver your meals. Prices vary with each meal, but are generally between $8.00 and $13 for single serving meals. Around 4:30pm I got a text telling me my driver was on his way and an estimation of when he would arrive.
The first meal I tried was Chef Marios’ Paleo Butternut Cannelloni. This was a single serve dish that included three butternut squash cannelloni on top of some zucchini and squash. The cannelloni were stuffed with ground beef and topped with tomato sauce. I really loved this dish. It was easy to heat up in the microwave and so flavorful. I also tried Chef Mario’s Paleo Creole Chicken, which was served with a side of cauliflower. The chicken was cut into small pieces so it was very easy to mix together with the cauliflower. This was also a single serving meal and was easy to heat up in just a few minutes in the microwave. While I love spice, I appreciated that the dish wasn’t too spicy so even the spice hating among us would love it. In this delivery I also received The Root Cellar’s Bacon Turkey Meatballs with Collards and Mashed Sweet Potatoes. This meal contained two servings, which was perfect for my boyfriend and I. Instead of microwaving, this meal came with instructions to be reheated in the oven for about 30 minutes. There were five large turkey meatballs topped with crumbled bacon as well as two scoops of mashed sweet potatoes and collards. The meatballs were very large and not at all dry, and the bacon really added a nice kick of flavor.
My next delivery included three equally delicious but very different meals. This time I received Chef Michael’s Pan Seared Gnocchi with Short Rib. This was probably my favorite of the six meals I tried. It was a single serving and was reheated in the oven for about 20 minutes. As a lover of gnocchi I already knew I would love the dish, but there was just so much goodness squeezed in. The short rib was nice and juicy, even after being reheated. Mixed in to the gnocchi were also butternut squash and charred asparagus, as well as black truffle, to add even more interesting flavors. In this delivery I also received the Catering Works Kale Salad with Pear, Walnut, Goat Cheese, and Grilled Chicken. This was no puny salad; it was huge and filling. All of the ingredients paired very well together and I was left totally satisfied. Finally, I tried Catering Works’ Maple Thyme Chicken. This was a bone-in Maple Thyme Chicken with a side of mashed sweet potatoes and green beans. Again, I was not disappointed. The chicken was juicy and flavorful and the mashed sweet potatoes were some of the best I’ve ever had. They were topped with brown sugar chunks and apples (or maybe pears?) and were simply delicious.
I was really impressed with all of the food I was able to try from Supper Meals, and I would definitely try it again. If you find yourself dreading cooking and grocery shopping this is definitely an awesome option for you. The fact that it supports local chefs and provides fresh, healthy meals is an even better perk. Supper Meals is currently delivery to Raleigh only, but will soon be expanding to Cary, Durham, and Chapel Hill.
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Melissa Guido is currently a dietetic intern in the Triangle area. She studied nutrition at NC State and Meredith College. Her favorite part about nutrition is showing people that healthy food can be exciting and delicious. Melissa loves traveling and learning about how food fits into different cultures. In her free time she loves trying new restaurants, cooking, and obsessing over her dogs. Follow her on Instagram @made2order and at www.madeorder.wordpress.com.